Goodwood Revival Fashion Guide for Ladies

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What to wear for Goodwood Revival 2021

We get clothing advice requests all the time for Goodwood Revival. So we made this handy 'Goodwood Revival Fashion Guide' for dressing tips and further information to help you on your way to one of the most amazing vintage events of the year! 

We are regularly asked 'What can i wear to Goodwood Revival?'...

This famous event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and whilst it is known for vintage and classic motorsports - it's also known for it's fashion and glamour.

It really is an excuse to dress-up in the vintage inspired fashions and style of the period covered; 1940s, 1950s & 1960s (although there are many who choose to 1920s and 30s too!. Since we have been attending the evernt now for 8 years, have a stall there and have dressed many attendees - we thought this guide would help many of you on your way!

Things to note for Goodwood Revival First Timers:-

  • You will definately regret it if you don’t dress up - it's part of the experience!
  • Take something warm just in case you decide to stay late – it can get very cold once the sun goes down
  • You may have to walk a fair way from your parking – take suitable walking shoes and change when you arrive at the event. This can also save precious vintage shoes from wear!
  • You can get your hair done but it's always worth booking in advance

Getting dressed up really is a thrilling part of attending this event - not only are there fashion shows and events going on - you could also win an amazing prize in the 'best dressed' comp

1940s Outfit Suggestions

1940s fashion is much more versatile than you may initially think. The 1940s to many will bring to mind the glamour of the 40s Pin Up - but there is so much more to try out from this period and it's a very flattering look. We have the practical styles of the wartime Land Army Girls - high waist trousers and masculine blouses. Then there are the ultra feminine 1940s tea dance dresses in floral prints, wedge shoes and brogues. Dont forget the high glamour of the film noir styles from the 1940s too.

Makeup: subtle winged eyeliner, red lip, false lashes

Hair: 1940s hair is definitely the iconic element of this era - but can easily look silly if not done right. Avoid victory rolls and try the 40s poodle or pageboy with hair flowers.. check out instruction videos on youtube. If your hair is shoot - opt for a turban style or head scarf.

Accessories: seamed stockings/tights (order here), hat or snood, diamanté jewellery

Shoes: brogues or sandals with a platform

1940s Goodwood Key Look 1: Land Girl Lovely

The is a great style for those who seek a practical option - or for when the weather isn't quite as clement. Trousers from this period are different to modern styles - choose reproduction high waisted, wide leg trousers which are really flattering and should be paired with a waisted jumper, blouse and jacket. Or opt for a practical shirt waister dress.

goodwood revival 1940s outfit ideas

During the 40s it became much more acceptable for ladies to wear trousers but these styles are still very different to our modern versions. High waisted, wide leg trousers are really flattering and should be paired with a waisted jumper, blouse and jacket.

Our 1940s style trousers are best seller at Goodwood - click here to view

1940s Goodwood Key Look 2: Classic 40s Tea Dress 

Think tea dances, picnics, flirty florals and perfectly cut styles. The classic tea dress is an iconic 1940s look - it's what we often think of when we picture 1940s style.

Supremely feminine, elegant and comfortable too, this style is often adopted by many ladies at Goodwood Revival. Pair with a blazer, simple jacket or even a cardigan. A tea dress can be dressed up with heals and jewellery or down with a head scarf.

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To see our ever growing collection of Goodwood Ready 1940s tea dresses - click here 

1940s Goodwood Revival Key Look 3: Film Noir 

The American style in the 1940s took a direction of its own as supplies weren't affected in the same way as Europe. At Goodwood Revival, many ladies adopt the ultimate and iconic sophisticated clothing of the 1940s hollywood glamour - whether that be a suit with a faux fur or an elegant floral tea dress. Remember the must have accessory for this outfit - headwear! This may be in form of a tilt hat, a beret or even a turban. 

1940s goodwood ladieswear

The House of Foxy is reknown for it's authentic collection of 1940s designs. Click here to peruse our 1940s collection of ladiewear perfect for Goodwood Revival.

1950s Outfit Suggestions

If you prefer high glam - then the 1950s is for you! Goodwood Revival really is the perfect opportunity to dress up to the nines! For those of you who like a glamourous look and want to feel like you're really dressing differently then a 1950s inspired style choice is the one for you!

There's no doubt that the 1950s look is one of the most flattering for all shapes - whether you go for a sultry wiggle pencil style or a full and frothy petticoat - it's all so glam.

Makeup: Strong winged eyeliner, bold lip in red or pink, false eyelashes

Hair: 1950s classic hairstyles were just as varied as the 40s but perhaps more daring. Short and shaggy italian cut styles, curled and waved short hair, pageboy or worn in a ponytails with bangs. Again check out instruction videos on youtube.

Accessories: seamed stockings/tights (order here), plenty of jerwellery, matching bags and gloves

Shoes: court shoes eith a heal

Take a look at our 50s suggestions....

1950s Goodwood Revival Key Look 1: Full Skirt 

There are two main silhouettes in the 1950s - both designed to enhance the female form. The first featured here is all about a full skirt and a wasp waist. The point of the full skirt was to make the waist smaller - you can have a lot of fun with this look and it can feel really feminine. Go to town on accessories including a belt to nip in at the waist and even wear a full and frothy petticoat.

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Pictured we have our '50s Connie Dress' , '1950s Sandy Dress', and our best selling 'Wrap Circle dress' See our full range of 1950s Full & fancy outfits here

1950s Goodwood Revival Key Look 2: Fitted

The second silhouette is about a close fitting 'pencil line' look - the hemline was lower and the waist still slim and wasp light. This can be achieved with good underwear but also by using blouson styles on the top half to create the illusion of a smaller waist. For those who like to dress well but want a sophisticated look - then adopting the 1950s pencil line style is for you! You can do this in a number of way - a sexy wiggle dress that hugs your curves or a more conservative pencil skirt paired with a blouse and a 50s style swing coat. These two versions are epitomised in the image below. 

 50s goodwood revival style ideas

If you like to be a little bit daring - add a splash of animal print ;-)

To see our full range of 1950s fashion - click here

1960s Outfit Suggestions

Fancy yourself as Joan from Madmen? The 60s doesn't have to just mean a mini skirt or mod look. For many, the 60s epitomises the grown up glamour of the 'pill box hat' styles from Jackie O and Pam Am. This is a perfectly classy look for Goodwood Revival. So get your twin sets out and your pearls and check out our grown up glamour options whioch are perfect for Goodwood.-

1960s Goodwood Revival Key Look 1: Jackie O Chic

The original fashionable First Lady managed to maintain her impeccable style throughout her time in the White House. Jackie's style was prim skirt suits, pillbox hats and accessorised to the max and made her the style inspiration for women across America. This is a super chic look.

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Top Tip: Max out this with coordinated accessories and super sized dark glasses

1960s Goodwood Revival Key Look 2: Classy Cocktail

As seen on the likes of Joan Holloway in Madmen, the cocktail dress in the early 60s was an absolute must have and so so flattering! Rich colourful fabrics were often satin and brocades or metallics which softly cling to the body whilst at the same time creating shape. Many styles included the ruched waistband - which emphasised the waist. Deep pleats at the top of the skirt also created shape..

goodwood revival 60s clothing ideas

Click here to see our full range of outfits perfect for Goodwood Revival fans of grown up glamour 

Helpful links:-

Goodwood Revival Information page 

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